Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Hello! My name is Jordyn, I'm a girly-girl introvert with a love for daisy chains and hopeless coffee addiction. My blog The Fairy Princess Diaries is a compilation of introspective reflection, fashion and retellings of my awkward life. It's generally written with Taylor Swift playing softly in the background and an copious amount of caffeine in my blood stream.
Describe how did you first get into blogging?
I had transferred schools and was honestly feeling really lonely living in a new city with a very oppressive boyfriend (not my current boyfriend!). I needed an outlet, a place to feel heard and a space I could be 100% me 100% of the time. My initial blog posts are pretty funny to look back on but I think every day my blog becomes more of the space I envisioned for myself (though it will never be perfect and will always have cringe-worthy moments).
Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
Organization and constant brainstorming have really helped with The Fairy Princess Diaries. I'm not one of those super put together bloggers with an editorial calendar mapped out for months but I do try to plan out my blog posts a week or so ahead of time. I usually map out posts in my planner a week ahead of time but allow myself room to adjust if a topic compels me.
I also believe in remaining positive towards readers and the blogging experience despite occasional negativity. There will always be negativity out there but I truly believe it is more beneficial to channel sunshine and happiness rather than engaging in long rants about "haters" or whatever. Engaging the negativity just seems immature. Kindness towards others goes a long way in life and remains true in blogging.
How would you describe your blogging style?
I don't necessarily have a specific niche such as fashion or food but I do attempt to maintain a congruent voice and message throughout my posts. I like to think my blog embodies authenticity, staying true to yourself and loving who you are as you push yourself to keep growing.
What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Hands down engaging with other bloggers. I'm really bad at self promotion via social media and most of my posts aren't pin-worthy. I love to befriend other bloggers and really get to know them on a friend-level. Putting effort into reading other blogs and thoughtfully engaging has definitely helped my own blog. People can see through someone who only cares about marketing their blog all the time but if you actually care about the writing someone is pouring their own heart & soul into they usually respond well in my experience.
How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
Ooh I love this question! Self Improvement is so critical to living a fulfilling life to me. I have so many goals-I want to progress in my career, I want to run a marathon, I want to dedicate more time to blogging and I want to be a more selfless and giving person. For me it all boils down to living every day intentionally, I never want to be a person that just allows life to passively "happen" to her.
How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up
I hate to admit this but I'm naturally a very rigid person. I live by my "to-do" list so for me motivation just comes from the internal expectation I have set for myself. I expect myself to blog consistently and even though I know readers don't mind if I skip a day or two not writing on a daily basis really eats away at me. I need to write or I go insane; all of the chaos in my mind needs an outlet!